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Happy Friday Elio’ers! Temperatures across the country are starting to dip, students are returning to school, and the traditional holiday that marks the end of the summer is just around the corner. Which, of course, can mean one thing, and one thing only…it is finally football season! Sure, preseason football is in its third week, but it pales in comparison to the real games. For fans of college football, the real deal starts this Saturday when the Oregon State Beavers battle the Colorado State Rams. Will this game have National Championship implications? Probably not. Is the fact that it may make football arguably the best sport on the planet? Absolutely.

Speaking of implications, this blog is going to cover two important topics: SIL and specs on the Elio.

First, the next batch of Spot in Line (SIL) numbers will be sent out next week. SILs are exclusive numbers for $1,000 All-In reservation numbers which lets them know exactly where they stand in the delivery line. To the newest SIL holders- congratulations and thanks for the support! Secondly, last week’s Friday Blog showcased the newest Elio Motors information sheet which included a few newly introduced facts and figures. As Elio Motors fans are a ferociously astute group, several questions came through with enough frequency that we figured that more people out there probably had similar thoughts, so let’s answer them for everyone to see.

Here are the most common comments/questions regarding some specs:

Turning Radius

By far, the most popular question was about the Elio’s turning radius. A radius, from high school geometry, is different than a turning radius (or turning circle) when speaking about vehicles. A turning radius measures the distance it takes a vehicle to make a (legal) U-Turn (or full circle). The Elio’s turning radius clocks in at approximately 28.9 feet.

The other point of clarification is in the steering wheel movement. The total “lock to lock” or “buried to buried” is 2.8 turns. So, from a neutral position, 12 o’clock, it is 1.4 turns to turn all the way either direction.

Compression Ratio

Quite a few questions came in asking “Will the Elio really have an 11:1 compression ratio while running on 87 octane gasoline?” Simply, yes. The compression ratio helps us maximize our mileage and get better performance from our engine. Compression is one of the tools available to help us maximize our mileage.

Seat Width

Minutes after the new sheet was published, this question came in:

For the interior measurement section, you list that the seat width is 20.6 ‘’ for the driver and 25.3’’ for the passenger. Shouldn’t these numbers be flipped?

While we can see how you came to that conclusion, the numbers on the sheet are correct. Why? For one, the front seat is more of a bucket seat, with room on each side. The rear seat goes from side to side, no extra room for the gear shift, so it is a couple of inches wider. No worries, the front seat is more than adequate. Don’t believe us?

We appreciate the follow ups and this got us to thinking. If our supporters have great questions about a spec sheet, they probably have other, more general engineering questions. If you have a great engineering question send them this week to [email protected] and we’ll pick the best for our Vice President of Engineering, Jeff Johnston and his team, to answer in a future blog.

Thanks for your support and have a fantastic weekend!

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